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Nicnevin (Diana)/Reason/Old November Eve/Egyptian Day

The Scots Pagan festival of Nicnevin (Martinmas Eve) honors an aspect of Diana, who rides with her entourage in the night hours of 9-10 November. During the French Revolution, the goddess of Reason was celebrated in the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, which was converted into a temple of philosophy.” — The Pagan Book Of Days, by Nigel Pennick

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Nicniven is represented in poetry often as Hecate, who is known by one of her greatest symbols, the crossroads. Forgive me if I associate her (and Diana as Reason) here with something probably very familiar but, hopefully, no less wonderful for its wear. From the most dear Mr. Frost…
The Road Not Taken

BY ROBERT FROST
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

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